23Utilize the Four D’s

The daily to-do list. It’s both the bane of freewheeling, spontaneous entrepreneurs and the savior of compulsive, high-power players everywhere. Whichever side you psychologically fall on, the list remains one of the best time-management tools around. Writing down all your intended achievements for the day is only part of the story, however. Deciding on what to do with each one is the other. To maximize your effectiveness, efficiency, and energy, for every item on your list decide on one of the Four D’s.


Some items on your daily to do-list excite and inspire you to seize the day and make them happen—now. Others just have to get done by a certain deadline. In either case, for tasks that must find their way to the finish ...

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